Service & Solidarity Spotlight: Detroit Casino Workers Win Tentative 5-Year Contract

Detroit Casino Council members applaud the tentative approval of their new contract.

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After months of negotiations and 32 days on strike, the Detroit Casino Council’s 3,700 members reached a tentative agreement on Friday for a new five-year contract with the MGM Grand Detroit, the Hollywood Casino at Greektown and MotorCity Casino Hotel. The members will continue to strike until the contract is ratified. The coalition representing the workers includes UNITE HERE Local 24, UAW Local 7777, Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 324, the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Teamsters Local 1038.

The historic tentative agreement includes the largest wage increases ever negotiated in the Detroit casino industry’s 23-year history (including an immediate 18% pay raise on average), no health care cost increases for employees, workload reductions and other job protections, first-ever technology contract language, retirement increases and more.

“A contract of this significance makes me feel proud to work in Detroit’s casinos once again,” said Alicia Weaver, a guest room attendant for 24 years at MGM Detroit and member of Local 24. “Cleaning hotel rooms is a really tough job that gets tougher every year, so the fixes we made in this contract to reduce my daily workload mean less strain on my body and more energy for my family when I get home from work. Everyone on both sides worked hard to get this done.”